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Publisher’s Weekly & Booklist Review “Around the World in Eighty Wines”

The Wine Economist

Sue and I are back from Mendoza and gearing up for the release of my next book in a couple of weeks. Around the World in Eighty Wines draws its inspiration from the people we have met and the wines we’ve tasted as we have circled the globe in recent years. Can’t wait for my copy […]

Wine Tourism in Mendoza: Rethinking Best-Practices with the UNWTO

The Wine Economist

The Wine Economist will take a break for the next two weeks while Sue and I travel to Mendoza, Argentina for the second Global Wine Tourism conference organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization and hosted by the Argentina Ministry of Tourism. It will be great to return to Mendoza and to have a […]

50, 83, 41, 44: There’s a Lot to Celebrate This Year at Chateau Ste Michelle

The Wine Economist

Washington State’s Chateau Ste Michelle is celebrating its birthday this year and there is a lot to celebrate, as I will explain below, even if the exact number of candles on the cake is open to debate. Happy Birthday to The Chateau The Chateau, as we call Chateau Ste Michelle in these parts, goes for […]

Flashback Friday: Can Wine Tourism Take Center Stage in Valpolicella?

The Wine Economist

Sue and I have wine tourism on our minds these days because we are getting ready for the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s global wine tourism conference in Mendoza, Argentina later this month. We were in the Veneto at this time three years ago and wine tourism was on our minds there, too. Here is […]

What in the World is Charles Smith Up to Now? A Visit to Jet City Winery

The Wine Economist

Charles Smith’s Jet City Winery is located across the street from historic Boeing Field in Seattle’s gritty but hip Georgetown neighborhood. The building started life as a Dr. Pepper bottling plant. The public spaces reflect both the structure’s mid-century roots and Charles Smith’s signature aesthetic, with lots of glass, metal, and recycled wood. The cellar […]

The Genius of Charles Smith and the Land versus Brand Wine Wars

The Wine Economist

What do you know about Charles Smith? He’s a marketing genius! Where does he get his ideas? Do you know what he is going to do next? We were in a restaurant in Yountville, the heart of the Napa Valley, talking with one of the valley’s best winemakers. There was a lot to discuss, but […]

Coming Up: Second UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism in Mendoza

The Wine Economist

The second United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Wine Tourism is coming to Mendoza, Argentina on September 28-30, 2017. You can view the preliminary program here). Sue and I had the pleasure to participate in the first UNWTO global wine tourism conference in the Republic of Georgia in 2016 and are excited to […]

Big & Hot Wine: Cab Boom, Napa Bubble, Think Pink, Back to the Future?

The Wine Economist

Last week’s Wine Economist column featured a very basic “Big and Hot” analysis of recent U.S. wine market data, focusing on which parts of the market are the most interesting in terms of “big” total expenditures versus the fastest growing “hot” categories. (If you haven’t read the first column, click here to check it out.) […]

New “Wine by Numbers” + Analysis of Global & US Wine Market Dynamics

The Wine Economist

  A new edition of Wine by Numbers was released a few days ago and it is required reading for anyone interested in global wine market dynamics. Wine by Numbers presents current data about global wine exports, imports and patterns of trade. It is a free resource provided by the Unione Italiani Vini, the Italian […]

Celebrating Milestones for Canada (150 Years) & Canadian Wine (37 Vintages)

The Wine Economist

Milestones. Do they mark how far you have come on a journey? Or do they tell you how far you’ve left to go? Both, I guess, which gives them a (wine) glass half full / half empty quality that invites contemplation. Canada and Canadian wine have reached important milestones recently and I think there is […]

When is a Wine Tourist Not a Wine Tourist? Lessons from Cyprus

The Wine Economist

We were sitting on the terrace at Nelion Winery, perched on the famous Paphos-Troodos road, talking with winemaker Marinos Ioannou and tasting his excellent wines. (We loved a dry red made from the indigenous Ofthalmo grape variety and brought home a bottle to share with friends here). A Happening Place Nelion was kind of a happening place […]

The Next New Zealand? Reflections on Cyprus Wine Industry in Transition

The Wine Economist

“Cyprus wines? Not really sure I have ever had one. Do they make much wine in Cyprus?” Many readers of this column would probably say something similar when asked about Cyprus wine, but the person I was talking to was a bit different. I spotted him on the Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Seattle and […]

Look Through the Rainbow: Cyprus Wine’s History of Boom and Bust

The Wine Economist

We were sitting in the sleek, modern Vlassides Winery tasting the wonderful wines of Sophocles Vlassides and hearing his strong views on wine, Cypriot wine, and his own ambitious winery project, when it started to rain. Weather can be complicated in these mountains and soon the sun began to shine through the showers creating first a simple rainbow, then […]

Back to the Future? First Impressions of Wine and Wine Tourism in Cyprus

The Wine Economist

Cyprus is known for many things: culture (fantastic archaeological sites), cuisine (haloumi, the wonderful grilling cheese), international politics (the ongoing dispute with Turkey over the island itself), and tourism (beautiful beach resorts). Cypriot wine? Probably not on your radar for reasons I will explain in next week’s column. But that wasn’t always the case. Commandaria, […]

Goodbye Columbus? Three Variations on a Barcelona-Based Wine Tourism Theme

The Wine Economist

The monument to Christopher Columbus at the foot of the Las Ramblas promenade must be one of the most-viewed sights in very scenic Barcelona. Standing atop his tall column, Columbus points to the sea, an act that makes sense both for Columbus himself and for Barcelona, a city that has long turned its face to […]

Sketches of Spain: State-of-the-Art Wine Tourism Does More than Sell Wine

The Wine Economist

Wine tourism is no longer about just selling wine. Wineries understand that it is a way to build or strengthen a brand and to create brand ambassadors. The United Nations World Tourism Organization Wine Tourism initiative goes further . The UNWTO  proposes that wine tourism is or can be a set of rich experiences that use wine […]

How Will Brexit Impact World Wine Markets? A Dismal New Forecast

The Wine Economist

My remarks at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium‘s “State of the Industry” session earlier this year focused on the uncertainty surrounding Brexit (Britain’s choice to exit the European Union) and the great potential it has to damage wine markets in both the UK and other countries. I called Brexit a “known unknown” because we […]

Ten Years Later … The Wine Economist Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The Wine Economist

Next week — on Memorial Day, in fact — the Wine Economist will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Ten years of regular columns about the world of wine as seen from an economist’s perspective. The very first column, which is reproduced below, was an account of my visit to family-owned Fielding Hills winery, one of Washington’s […]

Can Sherry Be the Next Big Thing?

The Wine Economist

Can Sherry be the “Next Big Thing” in wine? I know what you are thinking. Sherry? C’mon! That’ll never catch fire in a big way. And you may be right, but give me a chance to make my case before you close the door on the Sherry cabinet. One of the things that Sue and […]

Questioning the Conventional Wisdom About the Spanish Wine Industry

The Wine Economist

The conventional wisdom is that Spain is an Old World wine country (along with France, Italy, Portugal, etc.) and it is easy to see why. First there is geography. Old World = Europe. QED. End of discussion. Old World Wine Then there is the matter of wine culture. One of the characteristics of Old World […]

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